In his ESPN Insiders article this week, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as the 27th best rookie in the NFL.
In the article, Kiper writes the following about Hopkins:
“Had just one catch last week; Houston has to take shots to him down the field.”
I seem to have a bit of disagreement with Mr. Kiper on his ranking of Hopkins. Hopkins is a much better player than his 27th overall ranking, but he has his flaws, I admit that. I do agree with the comment the Texans do need to take more shots down the field.
Hopkins was benched for part of the game last week against the Oakland Raiders, because he continued to make mistakes. I still really don’t agree with not having Hopkins on the field at all times, but I guess that is why I’m not a head coach.
With Hopkins, he needs to continue to work out the kinks of his game on the field, and he can’t do that if he’s standing on the sideline with the game on the line.
Hopkins this season has 38 receptions for 546 yards and two touchdowns, with his longest reception being 35 yards.
In his past three games, Hopkins has 10 receptions for 130 yards. Last week was the worst game of his short career thus far with one reception for seven yards, as I said earlier he spent most of the game on the sideline.
He was targeted just twice, one week following a week where he was targeted 11 times.
This week, if given the chance, Hopkins needs to prove himself to his head coach and if he can do that, he’ll show everyone he’s better than being the 27th best rookie in the NFL.